Lanier Playground

Photo of a kid on a playgroundPhoto credit: Elyse Leyenberger

More than 11,000 Philadelphians live within a 10-minute walk of Lanier Playground, a 4-acre city park that The Trust for Public Land helped rebuild in 2018.

The park had been locked up and off-limits to neighbors for more than a decade, its past as a gathering space for the community reserved for memories alone.

Determined to look towards the future for the residents of Grays Ferry, we put forth a multi-year engagement strategy with the community that brought the whole community to the table.

The new Lanier Playground looks different on the surface with more trees, sports fields, and pet-friendly areas. And it was revamped at its foundational level: below the surface lies a water-filtration system that will manage up to 106 million gallons of storm water per year, making the park not only something designed with the community in mind, but with a future impacted by climate change as well.

The new playground is now open to the public and incorporates a variety of elements to support the community including a walking path, playground, large and small dog parks, picnic area, interactive water features, and Philadelphia's first Fitness Zone® area.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.